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Berra get ready

Last week it was reported that a 1.5 million Wolves bid for Christophe Berra had been turned down, with the talented centreback's agent Gary Mackay scrambling to arrange a meeting with Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov to discuss his clients future ahead of the 23 year olds return from his holiday next week.

Hopefully that involves wearing a gold shirt, but with it now abundantly clear that Berra wants away from Tynecastle and Hearts being almost 40 million in debt, phonecalls to Chairmen will have already been made by a number of managers in the Championship.

So what are Wolves chances of seeing off the pack?

From the ashes of Glenn Hoddles reign, Mick McCarthy has built up a squad of young guns, many now breaking into the International scene, as is Berra, and though it's been said before, oh so many times, will go into next season one of the pundits picks for promotion.

And if anything, it is the feeling of strength, unity and togetherness that exists within the squad that will tip the balance in Wolves favour.

If he gets as far as Molineux, Mick McCarthy could do worse than take a leaf out of Celtic's book, who ensured that when Kenny Miller was taken to Parkhead, he just 'happened' to bump into Roy Keane, who greeted him by his first name, and welcomed him, making an instant impression on the former Wolves striker.

True, we don't have a man of Keano's stature to call on, but we do have a enough players who have as much in common with Berra as Miller saw in Keane to impress on him the fact that the ambition he openly harbours would be matched by those he would be joining.

6 days to B-Day and counting.

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Writer: Stuart Smith Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 19 2008

Time: 8:00AM

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Classy centre half and will no doubt be on the wanted list at many clubs. Hearts are strange bunch - Have gone from being a out and out scottish outfit with Braveheart spirit to a right shower and if they are not careful could well find themselves out of the SPL and in the first division next season such is the upheaval.
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19/06/2008 09:19:00

Interesting commentary on my club there DrWatford. FWIW, I think Berra is overrated & has been given too much responsibility too young - but like all Hearts players over the past couple of years has been mis-managed, so its hard to tell how good he can really become. We are 'supposed' to be getting a new manager in the next week or so - my guess is that Berra will be leaving before then as he's not captain material and to take it away from him would leave him demoralised and split the dressing room. Better for him and Hearts that he moves on, and Wolves would be an ideal placement.
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19/06/2008 09:39:00

I agree with SJ here. I am a hearts fan and personally I think Hearts would be insane not to take the money as Berra is way overrated. Maybe he will do well for your team, I suppose only time will tell and I wouldn't wish ill of him as he seems to be a good guy who tries really hard.
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19/06/2008 10:03:00

Interesting article. I agree that if Berra does come down to Wolverhampton, we need a true great there to greet him? SEB? or possibly Kightly? Both have shown great ambition like Berra, but have proved their ambition on the pitch. They will be hungry for promotion, and that could drive the signature of Berra onto the paper. He will surely want a slice of this cake? I disagree with him being over rated. I think you mean, under nurtured?
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19/06/2008 10:18:00

Believe as you wish PW, like I said he's not been properly managed for at least two years, so it's hard to gauge his true ability. George Burley clearly rates him enough to give him a cap, and someone at Hearts obviously likes him to give him the captaincy. But when I read things about him like "classy defender" I want to scream. He's a decent if unspectacular player based on the evidence of the last 18 months for Hearts. But it's quite possible he could flourish under a good manager & club setup.
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19/06/2008 10:32:00

I'd get Kightly Keogh and the record breaker in there to meet him.
Stuart Smith
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19/06/2008 12:03:00

He'd do a good job for most teams. He is a good defender (not classy though !!) and would flourish beside an experienced centre-half. By the way, can't believe you have a player called Kightly Keogh !!
Specs Haver
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19/06/2008 23:07:00

Not a bad bet I reckon
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